4 Tips That Could Save Your Life

Apr 3, 2019

Few things are more dangerous than more than 7,000 volts on the ground. Well, other than the fence electrified with 10,000 volts to keep a Tyrannosaurus rex (mostly) contained in Jurassic Park.

With that said, knowing what to do around a downed power line could save your life.

  1. NEVER touch a downed line or anything the line may be touching. A downed power line can energize the ground up to 35 feet away!
  2. Power lines do not have to fall to be dangerous. Underground power lines are dangerous, too. That’s why you should always call 811 or go online to mo1call.com before you dig.
  3. If a power line falls on your car, stay INSIDE until help arrives. Call 911 or honk your horn until help arrives.
  4. NEVER drive over a downed power line. Always assume a power line is energized and avoid allowing anything to come in contact with it, even your car.

As storm season arrives, you may find that severe weather causes power lines to come down near your home. Remind everyone to stay at least 10 feet from any downed power lines. Call us to report any downed power lines at 417-863-9000 and say, “electric service problem,” when prompted.